Not even sure what made The Blog's brain think of this -- I mean, really, there's not that much activity going on in this melon -- but Alaska Aces winger Peter Sivak is a mortal lock for the ECHL's Sportsmanship Award, right?
Seems like he would have to be. The award goes "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.''
Sivak currently sits second in the league in scoring, with 24-45--69 totals in 54 games. That takes care of "a high standard of playing ability.''
He also has taken a whopping four minor penalties this season for a total of eight penalty minutes.
About the only forward who comes even remotely close to big production and negligible penalty minutes is Ontario rookie Matt White, who owns 16-29--45 totals and just four penalty minutes in 59 games.
Among defensemen, Ontario's Jake Newton has only played in 36 games, but owns 12-17--29 totals and has taken just four penalty minutes.
Ah, just spit-balling kids. Our money's on Sivak. He plays heavy minutes, he produces and penalty box attendants have hardly ever met the dude. Plus, when he goes to the net for a rebound and ends up right in the goalie's grill, if there's a whistle, you'll see Sivak gently place a hand on the goalie to make sure he doesn't fall on the guy or bump him awkwardly. He's class.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com